Elementary school students who are having trouble with handwriting need extra help at home. This can be frustrating for your child so you should have a plan in place to help them. Since legible handwriting is necessary for your child’s education it is important to begin help at home as soon as you realize the problem. It will be a harder task if you wait until a habit of writing letters on letters or not putting spaces between words starts. Here is a step by step approach to helping your child succeed with their handwriting.
Watch your child as they write. You could watch them do homework for this or give them a lined sheet of paper and ask them to write a few words. This way you can see where exactly they are struggling. This will give you specifics since different problems will require different solutions.
Begin a routine that works for both of you. A time when they are cooperative and can have your full attention would be best. Pick a spot with little distractions so that they can focus. This would be the most beneficial if done every day for a specific amount of time. A child will do better with 20 minutes a day then 1 hour every few days.
Keep it fun instead of giving the handwriting practice the same feel as homework. Give your child lined paper along with a special pencil. Have a pencil with a favorite character or color that would be used only for this. Then ask your child what he/she would like to write, pick something silly or a favorite line from a book.
Now comes the teaching, after they have written the words down then you write the same thing under. This will show them how the words should have been written. Ask them if they see the difference between what they wrote and what you wrote. If they can tell you praise them and explain that together you will work to help them. If they do not see it then explain the problem and say how you will help. Continue having them write something then you write the proper way underneath each time explaining the difference.
Praise is a key component. Always tell them how well they are improving. If they use the proper space between letters make sure they know and give them praise. If they still struggle with their handwriting praise them for trying.
With practice and praise their handwriting will improve. They will enjoy having your help to get them over this hurdle. Showing them early that you can help them with schoolwork will also encourage them to come to you if they find themselves struggling with another subject.